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Sea levels are rising. A rise of one metre would cause millions of people to lose their homes, fleeing the water as their land becomes uninhabitable. In this live edition of The One Minutes hosted by Het Nieuwe Instituut, we look at the sea through the eyes of young people from the Maldives, novelist Alma Mathijsen, Maltese NGO Kinemastik, musician Imyenayare of the Ka'lina Terewuyu people and many others.

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We explore the land-sea dialects that are ubiquitous in maritime anthropology. Colonialism, independence, development policies and nature conservation have all disrupted the communities that inhabit maritime space. The sea has never been seen as a human space, marked by cultural diversity, but as a homogenously and irrevocably wild place, resistant to any form of domestication. Until recently, Western models dominated ideas about the sea, but with a reversal taking place, a middle way is opened - a space of reflection that is scientific, political and social. This evening moves from land to sea and from air to water, attempting to take space without demanding it. 

Akwatik is a collaboration between The One Minutes Foundation, Kinemastik and Het Nieuwe Instituut on the occasion of the exhibition Temporary House of Home.


Julia van Mourik (director of The One Minutes Foundation) will open the event, which will feature one-minute videos by the young people of the Maldives, which as the lowest-lying country in the world is extremely vulnerable to climate change, plus 17 videos from the one-minute series Akwatik, followed by a Q&A with some of the participating artists. Alma Mathijsen will read from her novel Vergeet de meisjes (Forget the Girls), about the Korean women who free dive searching for cockles: the fisherwomen breadwinners of their community.


Alma Mathijsen

Alma Mathijsen (Amsterdam, 1984) has written three novels, a memoir, a novella and a collection of short stories. She also writes essays for NRC Handelsblad and columns for LINDA.


Kinemastik is a culture NGO in Malta. It organises film screenings, concerts, exhibitions, workshops and lectures. Every year it organises the Kinemastik International Short Film Festival. 


Imyenayare is a musician and artist. He stands up for the original culture of the Ka'lina Terewuyu people from the Amazon and for the stories of others that are not heard.

Participating artists

Siobhan Leddy and Benjamin Yates, Dolphin Club, Beatrice Alvestad Lopez, Matthew Lancit, Tristan Bera, Mauricio Guillén, Manon Bachelier, Misha de Ridder, Niv Rajendra, Ana Vaz, Stephanie Sant, Inge Reisberman, Zhang Hong, Macy van Geldorp, Kevin Siwoff and Isaac Azzopardi, Cyril Sancereau, and Isabelle Weber.

The One Minutes Foundation

The One Minutes Foundation produces and distributes one-minute videos from an artistic point of view, offering an international stage for people to create, engage and connect. The One Minutes is active at the forefront of international contemporary art, as well as in education and welfare. It has exhibited internationally, including at the Power Station of Art (CN), the National Gallery of Iceland in Reykjavík (IS) and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (USA). Every two months, The One Minutes Foundation puts out a new series of 60-second films that investigate how we perceive and engage with the moving image. 


Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.